Canadian Teacher Detained in China Released, Returns Home
01 January, 2019, 10:17 | Author: Ted Wilson
There has been speculation that Korvig and Spavor's detainment was done in retaliation by China over Canada's role in arresting Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, but the Canadian Government has not confirmed this.
In one development that could lessen tensions, a Canadian government spokesman said on Friday that a Canadian citizen who was detained in China this month had returned to Canada after being released from custody. It ordered the court in the city of Dalian to try the case again.
And while he didn't identify the Canadian by name, reports indicate that it is Sarah McIver, a teacher from Alberta.
According to the Liaoning High People's Court, officials from the Canadian embassy in China attended Schellenberg's hearing, as well as reporters from foreign media.
Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was tried in 2016 but his case has been publicized by the Chinese press following the December 1 arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of tech giant Huawei, on US charges related to trading with Iran.
The Canadian national was held by local authorities and believed to have smuggled an "enormous amount" of drugs, ECNS, the English-language website of China News Service, reported citing runsky.com, a website run by the Dalian Radio and Television Station.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that McIver's case does not appear to be linked to that of the other two detainees.
According to previous reporting from Global News, McIver received an administrative penalty for illegal employment, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing.
She is wanted in the United States on allegations she lied to American banks as part of an effort to get around sanctions on Iran.
Prosecutors insisted Schellenberg had been given a lenient punishment in the first trial that was "obviously inappropriate" with the latest evidence, the statement said Saturday.
China severely punishes those caught smuggling or trafficking drugs, including foreigners.
Authorities have released no details of the accusations against Schellenberg.
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